Comfort Food: Beef Stroganoff

It could be argued that this is the king of comfort food; creamy, beef, mushrooms, noodles, flavorful… So many descriptions of this dish.  A favorite of the middle of my three brothers, here is my non-dairy version of Beef Stroganoff.

 

1 1/2 pounds beef steak, 1/2 inch thick slices

8 ounces mushrooms, sliced

3 cups cooked egg noodles

1/4 cup Earth Balance or non-dairy “butter” of choice

large onion, thin sliced

3 cloves garlic, fine minced

1/2 cup plus 1 1/3 cup low-sodium beef broth

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce

1/4 cup flour

1 1/2 cup sour cream

 

Combine 1/2 cup of beef broth and pepper; marinate beef in a bowl for 10 minutes.  Remove beef from marinade & pat dry.

Heat oil in skillet & brown beef; cook 5-7 minutes & remove to plate.  Drain grease from skillet; melt a couple of tablespoons Earth Balance; stir in onion and garlic; cook until onion is soft & translucent.  Transfer to plate with beef.

Melt 2 tablespoons Earth Balance in skillet & add in sliced mushrooms.  Cook until tender, about 10 minutes; transfer to a bowl & set aside.

Melt 1/4 cup Earth Balance in skillet; whisk in flour & cook until there is no more flour taste, about 4 minutes.  Slowly whisk in beef stock; bring to a boil, stirring constantly.  Reduce heat to medium-low; add in Worcestershire sauce & seasonings.  Taste & if needed, add salt.  Add beef & onion; cover & simmer 1 hour.  Taste again & if needed add additional salt/seasonings.

Stir in mushrooms & sour cream about 5 minutes before serving.

 

Enjoy!

 

Do you enjoy beef stroganoff?  What is your favorite comfort food?

 

 

Appetizers: Teriyaki Wings (Heirloom Recipe)

This fall-off-the-bone-tender appetizer is one of my heirloom recipes from my grandmother; it was her go to recipe.  She loved a good party (family, friends & food) even if she wasn’t rooting for the teams, but by the end of the day she’d decided who she was rooting for & was one of the loudest couch cheerleaders!

It is simple in its ingredients & prep; put it in the oven & let it back while you prep the rest of your party.  Happy Super Bowl!!

 

5 lbs wings
10 oz soy sauce/liquid aminos
1 lb brown sugar
1 very generous teaspoon garlic powder

Preheat to 325°
Combine soy sauce & brown sugar; place wings in baking dish & add sugar mixture. Bake 2-3 hours, until cooked through & sauce has reduced, stirring occasionally. Mix in garlic powder when just about done baking.

 

What other appetizers or foods are you creating for the party?  Comment & let me know.

Appetizers: Stuffed Mushrooms

This is a savory bite-full of deliciousness recipe.  I donated the finished dish to my uncle’s auction’s annual brunch (except for 2 I set aside for a friend).  As you can see from the pictures below – they were a huge hit; my mom thinks they were the favorite & the people there were amazed that it was a non-dairy dish & they didn’t know the mushrooms were non-dairy without others telling them they were.  I consider that a success!!  I hope you find the same success with this recipe!

 

mushrooms   2

3 eight ounce boxes (24 ounces) mushrooms (unsliced)

1/3 pound turkey sausage, cooked & crumbled small (for spicy, add a pinch of cayenne & 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes when cooking)

1/4 teaspoon cumin*

pinch chili powder*

medium onion, finely chopped

4 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

approximately 3/4 cup mock parm

1/3 cup chicken broth

salt & pepper, to taste

1 egg yolk

8 ounces non-dairy cream cheese (I used Tofutti brand)

 

* you can use a smokey spice mix in lieu of the cumin & chili powder

 

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Remove stems; chop up fine & set aside.

Cook sausage (seasonings, if using); remove from skillet & allow to cool to room temperature.

Add onions & garlic to skillet & cook through (4-5 minutes); add broth; cook & allow to evaporate slightly, about 2 minutes.  Add chopped stems.  Cook, seasoning with a pinch of salt & pepper.  Cook until tender & liquid is evaporated.  Remove from skillet & allow to come to room temperature (or in the refrigerator for 10-15 minutes).

Combine cream cheese, egg yolk & parm; add in sausage and then mushroom stems; taste & adjust seasonings if needed.

Lay caps on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet, season with a pinch of salt.  Fill each cap with approximately 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon filling, pushing in to fill inner cap.

Bake filled caps 20-25 minutes.

 

These are a versatile appetizer.  You can freeze once caps are filled prior to cooking (defrost completely & cook as above) or fill, cook & freeze (defrost completely & re-heat to serve).  You can also make the filling a couple of days in advance & store in fridge until  needed.

 

How do you like your caps stuffed?  Do you have a preferred method?  Comment & let me know.

 

 

Milkshake (Bonus Recipe)

Each quarter there is one extra weekend that I have to plan for.  Last year I posted about a dairy free pantry (here) & other recipes that were not in the categories I had chosen.  This year I’m going to share two beverages & two soups.  Up first is a non-dairy milkshake – so easy to do & so many options to add in.  This is for one serving; for more than one, just duplicate by how many servings you are wanting.

 

1 cup non-dairy ice cream (I used vanilla, but there are so many choices)

1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used coconut since my ice cream was coconut milk based)

 

Put in blender & blend until smooth.

For a thicker shake, use less milk.

 

I recommend using whichever milk the ice cream is based.

 

Flavors:

chocolate chip – Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Enjoy Life mini chips

mint chip – add in 1-2 tablespoons Enjoy Life mini chips & 1/4 tsp peppermint extract

orange creamsicle – use vanilla ice cream & replace milk with orange juice

strawberry – slice 2-3 fresh strawberries & place in bowl with 1 tsp sugar; mash lightly & stir; allow to sit 5-6 minutes until juices form; mash a bit & stir again; using vanilla ice cream, pour in strawberries & blend, adding milk only if needed to thin out

chocolate – using Hershey’s* chocolate syrup – 1-3 teaspoons

coffee – brew coffee & cool; substitute milk with coffee

mocha – prepare coffee shake as above & add in 1-2 teaspoons Hershey’s* chocolate syrup

 

 

*Hershey’s syrup is dairy free; I don’t know about any other brands – just check before purchasing

Enjoy!

 

What flavors would you try?  Comment & let me know.

Demetrius’s Greek Chicken & Potatoes

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This recipe is one that a friend of my father’s gave to my mother.  Demetrius was born & raised in Greece & immigrated, when he was a young man, to the U.S.  He worked with my father at the local cannery and he would occasionally come over & cook Greek food for us; this is one of our family’s favorite meals.

 

 

One whole chicken

6-8 potatoes

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt 

1/4 teaspoon pepper

1-2 tablespoons dried oregano, crushed

1 cup lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced garlic

Optional:  Fresh Lemon Slices & Fresh Oregano sprigs

 

(Demetrius’s directions:  well, you know how to cook, so just do it)

 

Preheat to 425°

Combine oil, garlic, dried oregano & lemon juice; divide in half.

Rinse chicken & pat dry (remove gizzard/liver packet & set aside).  Drizzle about 1/3 of the marinade on the chicken and rub it all over & under the skin. Season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Place the lemon and herbs inside the cavity, if using. Place the chicken breast-side up in a large frying pan or cast-iron skillet, roast the chicken in the oven for 15 minutes.

Cut potatoes in half, so they look like mounds; place in separate baking pan; drizzle a portion of the marinade over the potatoes; toss to coat.

Add potatoes to oven & reduce the temperature to 325°F and continue roasting – 1 to 1 1/2 hours or until the juices run clear and a thermometer inserted into the inner thigh (but not touching the bone) registers 165°F .

Baste the chicken and potatoes with remaining marinade throughout the cooking time – every 30 minutes or so & turning potatoes as they cook.

Cook potatoes until golden.

Remove the chicken from the oven and place on a cutting board. Let it rest about 15 to 20 minutes before carving.

 

Serve hot.

 

Enjoy!

 

Do you have a favorite Greek dish?  Comment & let me know.

 

Heirloom: Mom’s Breakfast Sausage

This week I was going to share my grandmother’s Teriyaki Wings recipe, but I haven’t found where I put the recipe – I’ll share it a bit later once I find it.  Instead, I’m going to share my mother’s Breakfast Sausage recipe.

This stuff is mandatory for our camping trips – it’s just not the same without it.

I’m having a no shopping Dec/Jan.  I’ll be making a big batch of this in the coming weeks to have in the freezer for breakfasts.  I hope you enjoy!

 

2 lbs ground beef (not lean!)
2 teaspoons sage
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/2 to 1 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons vinegar
2 tablespoons water
Liquid Smoke, to taste (Optional)

Mix spices & liquids; add meat & mix well. Form patties. Freeze or cook.

 

 

Enjoy!

 

Have you ever had homemade sausage?  Comment & let me know.

 

National Day Of Jamaican Patties – August 6

Happy National Day of Jamaican Patties – Today, August, 6.

 

This recipe is both National Day of & a Heirloom.  It was passed on from my brother’s friend to my mother, then me & now to you.  These are delicious & you can substitute the ground beef for shredded chicken or turkey.

Filling (make first)

1 ½ to 2 lbs ground beef
4 tbsp oil (only needed if meat is low in fat/dry)
2 sprigs of thyme (or use dried)
6 chopped green onions, including green part
2 chopped scotch bonnet peppers (habanero, if scotch bonnet not available)
8 slices bread (whole wheat)
3 c water
1 Tbsp salt (use a little less – about ½ tbsp)
1 tsp black pepper

Fry beef and thyme (in oil, if using), about 25 minutes; drain if necessary. Add onions, peppers, spices; cook about 5 minutes. Place bread and water in blender & puree; add to meat mixture and cook, stirring for 3 minutes. Do not allow to get too dry. Insert into patties.

You can add Jamaican jerk seasoning to step up the flavor. To make your own mix: 4 tbsp ground all spice; 1 tbsp dried thyme; 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp ground red pepper, 1 tsp garlic powder; 1 tsp salt; 1 crushed scotch bonnet pepper; ¼ tsp pepper.

Add to taste, use the rest as a rub on meat (1 to 1 ½ tbsp per pound of meat)

Pastries:

4 c flour
1 tsp salt
2 c vegetable shortening (high quality; Crisco is the only high ratio sold in stores)
2 c cold water
2 tsp ground turmeric (or Jamaican curry powder, ½ tsp & ½ tsp annatto – for coloring) (I used jerk seasoning)
1 c milk (I used only about 1/4 cup; I used almond since that is what I had on hand)

Sift flour, salt and turmeric; cut in shortening (as you would for pie crust). Mix in cold water to form firm dough (see note below) & knead for two minutes on lightly floured board. Roll 1/8” thick**. Cut into 6” rounds (a salad plate works well as a template). You can re-roll the leftover dough from around the rounds and make them square. Divide filling on rounds (don’t over fill or it’s messy). Fold over, after brushing edges with water. Seal edges well (a fork works great). Brush pastries with milk; bake on top shelf for about 25 minutes, 450 degrees until golden.

** if you want extra flakiness, brush with (melted or super soft) shortening; fold over & roll again – can do it up to 3 times.

 

Notes:

  • I used a small bread plate & my dough was about 1/4″ thick ~ after cutting out I pressed down a bit more & mine ended up huge – definitely a 2 person serving.  I recommend rolling out the dough thin OR using a smaller item as a template (like a plastic lid or cup).
  • score lightly across the center of your circle & around the curved edge about 1/4 to 1/2 inch – put your filling in the center of the score – this will help keep from overfilling.
  • These can be frozen (after cooled) & re-heated in the microwave or oven.  I recommend allowing to thaw before re-heating.
  • DON’T add all the water at once!! It created a completely soft dough that just wasn’t workable & I had to add a whole bunch more flour to get it to work, including when I was kneading & rolling it out.  I recommend making the dough like pie crust – add a 1/2 cup & work in; add another 1/2 cup; if more is needed, start adding 1-2 tablespoons at a time until you have a workable crust.

 

Enjoy!

 

Have you ever had Jamacian Patties before?  Comment & let me know.